Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor was granted an extended vacation from mixed martial arts (MMA) after capturing the division crown from Eddie Alvarez at the UFC 205 pay-per-view (PPV) event last month in New York City.
Early projections have “Notorious” back inside the Octagon by next September.
McGregor, however, won’t commit to a specific date and may even lace up the gloves sooner than expected, according to his conversation with RTE Sport. As with most negotiations, that could depend on how much money is on the table.
My guess? A lot.
“I know Dana has been on record being like, ’10 months, he’s taking 10 months off.’ Where did you [get] 10 months? I’m weighing up my options,,” McGregor said. “I’m ready for anything.”
The reigning former featherweight champion is taking a leave of absence to welcome his first child with longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin. In his absence, lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are expected to collide for the next crack at the division crown.
UFC might want to get that going ASAP.
“I did say I was going to take a break, but a Christmas break,” McGregor continued. “The holidays, at least give me the holidays off. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
Even if the champ — who never made a single title defense at 145 pounds — does decide to return to combat sports ahead of schedule, there are no guarantees “Notorious” will be fighting for UFC.
Not when there is “Money” to be made.
“Ari, Patrick, the new owners from WME-IMG, the guys that bought the UFC for $4 billion, I want to speak to them,” he said. “I want to see what their plan is. Because right now I don’t know what nobody’s plan is.”
The best laid plans…
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